Palmetto State Armory Mad Dog Stripped Lower Receiver — Colorized

Aside From Shipping Times, Palmetto State Armory Delivers ‘The Cool’ Again

Every once in a while some­thing comes out and is just so sil­ly, or cool, or ridicu­lous or awe­some that I can’t open my wal­let fast enough. Spikes tac­ti­cal used to be my goto com­pa­ny for such friv­o­lous diver­sions, how­ev­er as of late it has been Pal­met­to State Armory.

I was just about to jump on board the Space Force and snag one of those low­ers when they were intro­duced, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought, they could have done this so much cool­er. It was car­toony and not at all the way I envi­sioned the Space Force to be. Too much Star Wars and blasters and such from when I was a kid (way back in 1978).

Then there was anoth­er con­tender. On AR15.com, which to me is the God­fa­ther of all online web forums, I’m proud­ly in my 17th year as a mem­ber by the way, there was a Mat­tis or rather, Mad Dog low­er shown. I’m been try­ing to find the exact first post, but all I seem to find are the posts from mem­bers who are pret­ty pissed it spread to Red­dit and the like.

Any­way, I jumped over to PSA and decid­ed this was the new ‘thing’ I had to have for the moment. I mean come on! It’s immor­tal­iz­ing Gen­er­al Mat­tis, arguably one of the finest mil­i­tary minds in his­to­ry, one bad ass guy and the pro­duc­er of more bone-chill­ing quotes than you can emp­ty a belt-fed M249 at.

A few of our favorite Saint Mattis quotes:


  1. The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

  2. I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

  3. The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

  4.  “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

  5. Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

  6. I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

Num­bers 5 & 6 are what PSA com­bined to make one of the most badass low­ers, even for nov­el­ty sake around. Now, I’m not say­ing this receiv­er is a nov­el­ty, it’s a machine and a well made one at that. The nov­el­ty comes from hav­ing some­thing cool­er than a horse as a roll mark.

For a long time now I have want­ed to know who makes cer­tain brand com­po­nents. Some­times it is easy to tell because of forge marks, how­ev­er on the PSA low­er, there are no obvi­ous forge mak­er marks.

A lit­tle Google-Fu will give you fifty dif­fer­ent answers. I was able to nar­row it down to what I believe is the truth and that is that Aero Pre­ci­sion actu­al­ly makes the low­ers for Pal­met­to State Armory. There are just too many posts from peo­ple who are appar­ent­ly “in the know” to dis­re­gard their voic­es. Of course, grain of salt. I guess until I hear it from PSA or Aero direct­ly, which will nev­er hap­pen, I’ll just choose to live in that box for now.

Okay, enough word-spew. The low­er is made from 7075-T6 alu­minum.  It’s hard­coat black anodized. Just like almost every­thing elses. The fin­ish is pret­ty sol­id. I did notice a few nicks and a few rough patch­es, but come on, it’s a tool. It’s not a safe queen, it’s going to show wear over time.

Palmetto State Armory Mad Dog Lower Receiver

Pal­met­to State Armory Mad Dog Low­er Receiv­er

I prob­a­bly went and did some­thing stu­pid with mine. I col­orized it. Mean­ing sim­ply I filled in the engraving/roll marks with col­or. I have nev­er done it before and when I picked up the receiv­er it just seemed to be miss­ing some­thing. Noth­ing real­ly stood out. So, col­or it need­ed, col­or it got. True, this was a fad a few years ago, so just count me late to the game. How­ev­er, I like the results.

PSA Colorized Mad Dog Lower by Reloadone.com

PSA Col­orized Mad Dog Low­er by Reloadone.com

This is real­ly noth­ing more than a piece of his­to­ry for me. The low­er itself is noth­ing spe­cial. The man it rep­re­sents is mytho­log­i­cal to guys like me and what makes this one spe­cial. Every­thing I have heard from the man’s mouth is so the epit­o­me of Amer­i­ca and hon­or. I’m sure some will have a dif­fer­ing opin­ion. If you do, just know that yours stinks.

Over­all, there are a few gun parts that I find myself hav­ing a con­nec­tion with. This just hap­pens to be one of them. This one, I won’t ever get rid of. It’ll be hand­ed down to my son when he’s ready.

So what does that leave? Well the build. I have the first pin start­ed, so that means it’s on it’s way.


Editor’s Rating

Mate­ri­als 99%
Fin­ish 96%
Design 100%
Machin­ing 99%
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